Josh Freeman Fantasy Football 2013 Profile: Bucs Need All-Pro Quarterback
Name: Josh Freeman
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Years Pro: 4
Draft stock: (Stagnant) Despite tossing a career-high 27 touchdowns in 2012, Freeman isn’t really getting much love as a fantasy football starter this fall. However, all signs point to a gigantic season for Freeman, as the Bucs finally have their ducks in a row and a running game to boot!
2012 fantasy impact: Freeman disappointed a few fantasy owners by not earning a rushing touchdown last year, but he made up for it by throwing for over 4,000 yards for the first time in his career. While he wasn’t Drew Brees or anything, Freeman dazzled many fans by only throwing 17 interceptions in 2012 after turning the ball over a whooping 27 times the previous year.
Best-case scenario: The Bucs don’t regret sticking with Freeman, and the four-year pro finally puts it all together in 2013. A stout running game and a surplus of talented wide receivers gives Freeman confidence and No. 5 ends this season as an NFL All-Pro.
Worst-case scenario: Unable to break free from his turnover-riddled past, Freeman starts the season off poorly and is never able to rebound the way that Tampa Bay wants. First-year player Mike Glennon looks like the long-term answer for the Bucs.
Where you should draft him: Aside from the occasional spot start, Freeman hasn’t earned the right to be a starting quarterback in standard fantasy football leagues. Therefore, draft him as your back-up as late as the 13th round with the hopes he can be elite in 2013.